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AAAA Provides Networking Opportunities

  • 2016 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit - 4/28-30
    * Networking Exhibit Center - Over 250 Army & Industry Exhibitors on the Floor!
    * Over 9000 Attendees Each Year
    * Warriors To the Workforce Hiring Event taking place for transitioning Army Aviation Soldiers
    * Visit the AAAA Community Booth!
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AAAA Recognizes Excellence

The 2016 Summit will recognize...
♦ 15 Outstanding Army Aviation Individuals and Units
♦ 3 New Members of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame will be Inducted
   * CW5 Edmund W. Hubard, III
   * COL Harvey E. Stewart
   * GEN James D. Thurman

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AAAA is Your Voice

At the 2016 Summit…
♦ Join thousands in the General Sessions to hear Leadership messages
♦ Stop by the AAAA Community Booth and let us know how we can make your membership experience even better!
♦ Follow us on Facebook, Twitter #16SUMMIT and LinkedIN
Army Aviation Congressional Caucus; The Military Coalition ; Senior Associates;
Check out ARMYAVIATIONmagazine.com

Supporting the soldier and family

AAAA Supports the U.S. Army Aviation Soldier and Family

  • At the 2016 Summit...
    Soldier Appreciation Dinner Concert featuring Kellie Pickler - Trace Adkins
    ♦ Soldier Cafe' provides Soldiers and their families with discounted meals and a place for rest, relaxation, and fun!
    ♦ Chapter Sponsored Soldiers will enjoy the Summit experience
    ♦ Spouse Professional Sessions are new this year!
    ♦ 3 cool spouse events are being offered - register now as they are filling up fast!

Army Aviation Hall of Fame 1986 Induction

Frank S. Besson, Jr., was a graduate of the United States Military Academy and of the Graduate School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the age of 34 he became the youngest Brigadier General in the Army Ground Forces while superintending the enormous flow of war materiel during World War II from the U.S. to the Soviet Union (Winston Churchill said it totaled five million tons).

After the surrender of Japan he was ordered to assume control of the country's immensely complex rail system and according to General Eichelberger did the job supremely well.

He later became the Army's Chief of Transportation and then the first commander of the Army Materiel Command. In these positions Besson immediately recognized the emerging tactical importance of Army Aviation and, with characteristic foresight and drive, proceeded to establish and develop the logistic base that would make it work. He established the Army Aviation Depot Maintenance activity at Corpus Christi (ARADMAC), and was instrumental in securing approval for the Army to procure its own aircraft and to do its own research, development, and engineering.

To enable the Army to meet these daunting new responsibilities he placed heavy emphasis on graduate programs for his subordinate officers and civilian employees, on their education with industry, and on other schooling that exposed the Army to the most modern industrial management techniques.

General Besson was thus responsible to a major degree for the successful development of literally all the aircraft types now flying in the Army. But much more than that, he established an Army aircraft support system which, from a most modest beginning, developed with exemplary rapidity into a highly sophisticated, effective organization.

A superb organizer, manager, and soldier, General Besson was a giant of a man, controlling assets that ran into many billions of dollars. Many of Army Aviation's present and future accomplishments have or will have been made possible by his extraordinary energy, talent, and leadership. He died, after his retirement, in Washington, D.C. in 1985.